|Ahhh, Death is coming! (jameshider.com)|
|In the Buddha's Words (Ven. Bodhi)|
"Just now, venerable sir, I have been engaged in those affairs of kingship typical for kings, who are intoxicated with the intoxication of sovereignty, who are obsessed by greed for sensual pleasures, who have attained stable control in their country, and who rule having conquered a great sphere of territory on earth."
"What do you think, great king? Suppose a man would come to you from the east, one who is trustworthy and reliable, and would tell you: 'For sure, great king, you should know this: I am coming from the east, and there I saw a great mountain high as the clouds coming this way, crushing all living beings. Do whatever you think should be done, great king.'
"'Do whatever you think should be done, great king.' If, great king, such a great peril should arise, such a terrible destruction of human life, the human state being so difficult to obtain, what should be done?"
"If, venerable sir, such a great peril should arise, such a terrible destruction of human life, the human state being so difficult to obtain, what else should be done but to live by the Dharma, to live righteously, and to do wholesome and meritorious deeds?"
"I inform you, great king, I announce to you, great king: aging and death are rolling in on you. When aging and death are rolling in on you, great king, what should be done?"
"As aging and death are rolling in on me, venerable sir, what else should be done but to live by the Dharma, to live righteously, and to do wholesome and meritorious deeds?
|Buddhist monks with Greek King Milinda|
"So it is, great king! So it is, great king! As aging and death are rolling in on you, what else should you do but live by the Dharma, live righteously, and do wholesome and meritorious deeds?"
This is what the Blessed One said. Having said this, the Fortunate One, the Teacher, further said this:
Massive, reaching to the sky,
Might draw together from all sides,
Crushing all in the four quarters --
So aging and death come
Rolling over living beings --
"Warriors, Brahmins, merchants, servants,
Outcasts and scavengers:
They spare none along the way
But come crushing everything.
"There's no hope there for victory
By elephant troops, chariots, and infantry.
One can't defeat them by subterfuge,
Or buy them off by means of wealth.
"Therefore a person of wisdom here,
Out of regard for his own good,
Steadfast, should settle faith (confidence)
In the Buddha, Dharma, and [Noble] Sangha.
"When one conducts oneself by Dharma
With body, speech, and mind,
They praise one here in the present life,
And after death one rejoices in heaven."
(SN 3:25; 1100-102)